Oh Mama! Charge Snatch a Tie from the Jaws of Defeat

Oct. 19, 2019 -- The Charge took advantage of two late second half goals to earn a 2-2 tie with Boyertown United at Heebner Park. Jessa scored both goals for the Charge, with help from Brooke and Ava on the attack.

In the first half, Boyertown applied some early pressure, but Tessa flashed across the box to clear the ball before Boyertown could get a shot on goal. Later, Tessa made a good throw-in to Sam, who centered to Riley for a shot that went wide left. The Charge had their best scoring opportunity in the half when they were awarded a direct kick following a handball just outside the box. Brooke took the kick and sent a strong ball through the middle that the Charge were unable to get a foot on. After the ball came back across midfield, Tessa sent a big kick up the left flank that found Sophia for another chance.

At the 22-minute mark, Boyertown had a 2-on-1 in the box, but Jessa was there to make a big save and keep the game scoreless. Unfortunately, Boyertown got a goal on the final play of the first half to go up 1-0.

Sam, Cailyn and Tessa opened the second half with good pressure on the attack. Then, thanks to some hard work by Grace, Bryce and Violet, the Charge worked the ball over to Ava on the left side. Ava sent a nice ball ahead to Jessa for a shot.

Midway through the second half, Boyertown kept the ball in the attacking zone and got a strong shot on net. Penny made the initial save, but Boyertown put in the rebound to go up 2-0.

However, the Charge answered just one minute later. Ava, Brooke and Jessa teamed up with sustained offensive pressure. Jessa got the ball at the top of the box, beat a defender and hit a shot past the goalie to bring the Charge within a goal. The same group continued to attack, and with four minutes to go in the game, Brooke found Jessa again inside the box. Mama buried the shot to tie the game.

Boyertown made a late push, but Penny made a diving save, followed by a save off a corner kick. She chucked the ball upfield to Brooke, who dribbled down the field and got a corner kick for the Charge. Now with all the momentum, the Charge continued to attack until the final whistle. There's little doubt that if the game had been five minutes longer, the Charge would have found a way to get the winning goal.

The Charge (4-1-1 Central League) remain undefeated at Heebner Park and will next battle Haverford at home Oct. 27.